{They’re Crafty} For The Makers Dot Com

Have you guys heard of For the Makers????  I found it right before Christmas and fell in love with the idea.

Basically, it is a craft project subscription service.  Every month you get a box of carefully curated craft supplies with instructions on how to make the coolest stuff!  How fun is that!!!!

The projects appeal to both expert crafters and novices alike.  And the materials that they choose are insanely unique and super cool.  Who is For the Makers?  Nutshell, two creative gals who have loads of experience working for jewelry companies in New York.  And they want to share their knowledge with us.  Cool.  Not ready for the monthly commitment?  You simply must bookmark their blog.  Tons of inspiration and pretty pics.

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Sharon

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Found! DIY Hair Ties by Tera Rae Stephens!

I have been wanting to buy hair ties like these for about a year now.  Not sure why I can’t just bring myself to spend the money and save myself from even more broken hairs and this lovely crown of frizz.  So I was super excited to see this tutorial on how to make your own by Tera Rae Stephens.    
Go Check it out here!  Tera is my hair stylist and is super awesome.  From getting to know her over the last year or so I know that she is a talented craftress, can throw a mean party and is pretty much a super amazing working mom.  I’m really hoping she shares more of those adventures on her blog.  We all stand to benefit from that.  Show her some love!  Oh!  And she’s doing a giveaway!  So hop over and enter!  
Sharon

Pumpkin Faced Oranges with Cloves!

Did you ever make clove studded oranges for Christmas when you were little?  We did.  These might be two of my favorite smells in the world.  When my boys started asking to carve our pumpkins, I kept telling them no, that it was too early.  Too many years we cut in to the pumpkins, making adorably spooky faces, only to find them all moldy and gross before Halloween.  So in order to have them feel like they were making pumpkin faces I decided to give them oranges and cloves.

Here is the very detailed tutorial:
Get an orange and some whole cloves.  Shove cloves in orange in any face or pattern you want.  Enjoy.
And the kitchen smells amazing when you are done.  I will let you know that these lasted all of 5 minutes with my boys.  They have some sort of inner driving force that prompts them to take apart anything they just finished making. 
Don’t want faces?  You can create any kind of pattern or polka dot look from the cloves too.  I call this one Charlie Brown’s shirt. 
For some reason I decided to google and see if anyone else had already done this craft AFTER I did it (duh). And of course there are others.  Check them out for more inspiration here and here.
Sharon
all photos are mine. 

Washcloth Ghost Tutorial From Camp Spooky

My readers who are local should go check out Camp Spooky for themselves.  But for my readers who are out of town, you too can create these adorable and super easy washcloth ghosts.  They are cheap to make and would be the perfect activity for a kid’s Halloween party.  
Supplies needed:
Washcloth (could also use felt, scraps of fabric, old t-shirts, even a napkin as long as it is fairly tough)
Cotton balls – just a handful per each ghost
White yarn – string or rubberbands would also work
Markers to embellish them
SO easy!  But really cute! 
First, lay out your washcloth, fabric, what have you in front of you. 
Next, place a handful of cotton balls in the center of the washcloth. 
Next, cut a small piece of white yarn.  Gather the washcloth around the cotton balls and tie off with the yarn. 
Of course if you were going to have the kids embellish them, you could have them draw on the washcloth before you added the cotton balls, or once it is complete so they could add a face, etc. 
I know I just shared the link last week for my Halloween ideas from last year, but here is a similar craft I did with fabric and styrofoam.  I have to say, the cotton balls would be WAY cheaper!  
Sharon
all images are mine. 

DIY Painted Napkins using Izze Soda Bottles

Here is my tutorial for making painted napkins using an Izze soda bottle.  This post perfectly sums up my crafting abilities and process.  Generally when I create a tutorial there are tears, laughter and lots of little hands running away with stuff needed to complete the project.  This was no exception.  I often find myself shaking my head and thinking, “what the heck am I doing.”  But at the end of the day I enjoy it so that is why I put myself through the crafting insanity. 
My family loves Izze sodas.  This is the only soda my food allergic son has ever known and it is a product that I feel really good about.  I always have a few cans (not bottles, the are glass and for those of you who know me I am risk and mess averse so the thought of having to clean up broken glass and a sticky soda mess if one potentially breaks is almost too much for me to bare.  No, I do not have a therapist yet but it has been suggested by several people) in the fridge as an extra special treat.  If you read the party blogs, you have certainly seen Izze sodas at a bajillion parties thanks in part to their great taste, natural ingredients and fantastic colors.  But I decided to get creative with the bottles and see what I could come up with.  
First you have to drink the soda.  Both boys really enjoyed this part.  Next, gather your supplies.  I was given a set of cloth napkins by my mom in law when she was cleaning things out.  This was great since I messed up quite a few in a quest to figure out how to do this project.  This really, ridiculously easy project.  That my brain just couldn’t get right.  For instance, these are napkins.  If you don’t want to through them out after one use you are going to want to use fabric paint.  The above paint is not.  It may or may not have come off in the washing machine.  This was one step above the washable Crayola paints that I had my oldest son do this project with first (yeah, I’m a bonehead).  The little white cup is a wax coated paper cup from a package that I bought via Oriental Trading Company.  These little cups are awesome and everyone should have these around for crafts.  For real. 
The idea is really simple.  Dip the bottle in paint and stamp it down on the fabric.  Since the top and bottom of the bottle are different sizes its like having two stamps in one.  AND if you didn’t take the bottle cap off and empty the bottle first, you could also use the bottle cap as a stamp which would probably create more of a full painted circle instead.  But I didn’t try this.  And it could get paint around where you want to drink from later on…Please note that my son has no shirt on in an effort for him to not get messy.  And he only dropped the bottle once (it did not break, yeah!).
Now, here is where my brain really let me down.  I don’t use paints a lot in my crafts so I didn’t realize how thick and stiff some of the circles might end up (even after running them through the wash to see if it would soften them up).  So, say you decide to wipe your mouth with your amazingly designed cloth napkin.  You probably don’t want to end up with cuts on your face from the stiff paint.  The first and second picture show napkins with pretty scratchy paint circles.  The last picture shows what happens when you decide it makes sense to add water to the paints.  Too much water.  Actually, this last option could have turned out cool had I added even more water and created a sort of watercolored effect.  And chose paint colors that were hideous.  
This gold napkin was the final and most perfect napkin.  Although there were a few rough spots, they certainly wouldn’t scar your guests.  I decided to add water, little by little until I came up with a consistency that wasn’t too watery but wouldn’t dry hard (how’s that for vague).  The pattern I did on this napkin was sort of like an extra large chevron pattern.  I didn’t get a good shot of the whole napkin though.  Maybe it got a little bit of soda on it before I could take that shot and maybe, just maybe that frustrated me and I threw it across the room.  
I also love the Izze logo.  It’s so bright and cheerful.  I decided to take the bottle, when I was done using it to paint the napkins and paint the bottle itself.  I didn’t take off any of the stickers, simply used a few coats of white spray paint, taking care to cover the logo so it would stay vibrant pink.  Then I dipped the bottle in a little watered down gold paint. 
I’m totally not the most artistic person so I know that there are so many other patterns that these bottles can create.  But I do like taking things and using them in a new way.  I hope this inspires you all to think of ways to reuse your Izze soda bottles.  As for the soda, I’m thinking I have a great idea for how to use some of them in a cocktail.  Shucks, more recipe testing…
Follow Izze on Facebook and Twitter and read their blog!!!
Sharon
All images are mine. 
*I received Izze product to review for this post.  But as I said before, this is something that we always have in our house.  I support this brant.  They are awesome.  And that is MY opinion.